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The Genetic Testing Clinic (GTC) is a specialized group of genetic counselors found on-site at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The GTC team works closely with doctors throughout Children’s who wish to refer their patients for genetic testing.
The GTC's roles are to:
Doctors will refer patients to the GTC when they think symptoms or features could be from a genetic cause.
A referral from a Children's Hospital specialist is required to be seen at the Genetic Testing Clinic. Please ask your doctor for more information.
Once your referring Children's specialist requests a consult at the GTC, you can choose one of two options — same-day or scheduled appointments.
You will meet with a genetic counselor to learn more about the genetic testing your doctor suggests.
The counselor will ask about you or your child’s:
He or she will explain the genetic testing with you in detail.
If you decide to have genetic testing, the genetic counselor will work with the insurance authorization team to assess your coverage. Often this requires a second visit to the GTC for the blood draw.
Some genetic tests need sign-off from patients or family members to confirm their:
The genetic counselor will share these details with you.
Based on your and your referring doctor's preference, you may receive test results from your doctor or the GTC counselor.
In either case, you will likely make an appointment to learn the results. Your doctor or counselor will explain the results and what they mean for you and your family members.
Items you might discuss include:
To learn more about genetic counseling or to make an appointment with the Genetic Testing Clinic, call 412-692-5070. If you need a medical genetics evaluation, please contact the General Genetics Clinic.
Sarah Drewes, MS, LCGC
Andrew McCarty, MS, LCGC
Christine Munro, MS, MPH, LCGC
Jodie Vento, MGC, LCGC
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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